May 20, 2019
Welcome to another edition of RV Travel’s Daily Tips newsletter. Here you’ll find helpful RV-related and small-space living tips from the pros, travel advice, a handy website of the day, our favorite RVing-related products and, of course, a good laugh. Thanks for joining us. We appreciate your readership.
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Banish RV slideout squeaks
Many RVers have been driven to distraction by a squeaky slideout. There’s just something jarring to the nerves about this noise; perhaps it’s the same affliction that hits us when fingernails are drawn across a chalkboard. What’s to be done to exorcise those squeaks?
First, with your slideout extended, take a close look at the slideout support arms. If you spot any “wear marks” (like those pointed out by the arrow in the photo above), it’s a good indication of a primary source of nasty noise. Grab a can of spray-on dry lube. Shoot the wear marks thoroughly, then using a clean, dry cloth, wipe down the excess. Dry lube sprays are preferable to “wet” lubes as they are less likely to attract dust and dirt. You’ll also find it useful to shoot the “teeth” on your slideout mechanism if you have any.
Other anti-squeak tricks include ensuring that the squeak doesn’t emanate from contact between the slideout seal and the sidewall of the slide. With the slide extended, wash and dry the sidewalls, then apply the appropriate wax for the wall surface. —Russ and Tiña De Maris
If you will be near Hagerstown, MD, on June 8 you might want to consider taking one or both of Mike Sokol’s classes on RV electricity. The details are here.
If you need somewhere to stay in Cottonwood, Idaho, look no further than the pawsitively amazing Dog Bark Park Inn, the world’s largest beagle (and also the world’s cutest B&B). Couple Dennis and Francis began making wooden dog carvings years ago, setting aside the money they made from those to make the Dog Bark Park Inn in 1997, a dog-themed one-room B&B inside a 27-foot tall Beagle. Reservations can be made online, and even if you can’t stay you’ll want to visit their gift shop and studio. Visit the website here and plan your visit. Oh, yes, Fido is welcome to stay too.
MORE QUICK TIPS
Carry an extra LP detector
As we have learned the hard way, RV gas detectors tend to start malfunctioning after only a year or two of use. These fun devices let you know they are malfunctioning by setting off a loud, non-stop alarm. To add to the fun, both times we experienced this was in the middle of the night. The gas detectors are simple to replace, so always have one on hand and you never have to travel without feeling completely safe. Here’s an RV-approved LP detector from Amazon. Thanks to Christina Pate for the sniffer reminder. She has more tips on her blog, Travels With Ted.
Moving into an RV? What to do with all those pictures?
While your RV has room for a few pictures or one photo album, the best process is to scan the items onto your computer through a USB drive, an online service, or an external hard drive. For the old photographs, once they are scanned, you can bring them to your local historical society. The staff at museums love to take a family’s treasured photographs and preserve them for future generations. But first, you should see if any other members of your family would want the photographs.
—From RV Living for Senior Citizens: How to Start and Manage Full Time RV Living as a Retiree Over the age of 60.
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WEBSITE OF THE DAY
Sure, we’re an RV website, but we all know how nice it is to sleep in a plush hotel bed sometimes, right? Especially if it’s inside, say, a cave? Or underwater? Or inside a caboose? Or in a tree house? Check out these incredible hotels in every state.
A cup-holder phone and tablet mount that makes driving easy
This cup-holder phone and tablet mount adjusts to any size cup and swivels 360 degrees for any way viewing (perfect for navigation or game playing). No worries about sticky residue being left from other gel and suction mounts, and passengers can put their feet up and watch a movie or play a game on their tablet hands-free! Learn more or order one of these hands-free lifesavers here.
LEAVE HERE WITH A LAUGH
A California winery managed to create a new type of wine by crossing Pinot Blanc with Pinot Grigot.
As a side effect, it reduces the number of times people need to get up to pee during the night.
It is being marketed in retirement homes around the world as Pinot More!
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RV Daily Tips Staff
Editor and Publisher: Chuck Woodbury. Managing editor: Diane McGovern. Contributing writers: Russ De Maris, Bob Difley, Gary Bunzer, Roger Marble, Mike Sokol, Greg Illes, J.M. Montigel and Andrew Robinson. Advertising director: Emily Woodbury. Marketing director: Jessica Sarvis. Financial affairs director: Gail Meyring. IT wrangler: Kim Christiansen.
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